Setting of a poem by S N Solomons inspired by the poem "Si tu t'imagines" by Raymond Queneau (very different from the Joseph Kosma setting of the original as sung by Juliette Greco!). In the same way that Queneau reflected the "gather ye rosebuds" ideas of Ronsard, the poem here and the music are also neo-renaissance, a sort of 20th century re-imagining of the music with which Ronsard would have been familiar. The setting is for alto voice and guitar. (see pdf files for the... Topics: ronsard, queneau, solomons, gather ye rosebuds, alto, guitar, satire, humour
The poem En Province by Rodenbach, with English translation (Up Country) by S N Solomons, set to music by D W Solomons. See pdf files for score and parts and ogg or mp3 files for performance. This can also be seen as a video on En Province Topics: rodenbach, solomons, poem, province, country, song, alto, original music
A silly setting of a silly poem, by kind permission of the poet. The sound sample is my own performance. The pdf is the score, should you wish to perform it. The poem relates some of the things to understand about Austria, from the point of view of someone trying to learn German. Topics: gavin, ewart, david solomons, wine, chocolate cakes, undertaker
A series of limericks about a choir singing in the rain written and set to music by David W Solomons. A men's voices version (ATTB) and a mixed choir version are available. The sound sample is the ATTB version, sung by the composer. A video of this piece (with the multi-track performance by the composer) can be enjoyed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GszKEJpV4jw A live performance of the SATB version by a choir in Colorado in 2011 has also been made into a video here:... Topics: choir, rain, solomons, multitrack, limericks, humour, SATB, ATTB, choir, silly
Song by David W Solomons for recorder, alto voice and guitar based on Gavin Ewart's poem a cup too low - see pdf for score and ogg or mp3 for live performance. (If either of these can't be seen, check All Files: HTTP to download) Recorded in 1987 on Pentonville Road, performed by the composer with Tasse on recorder. The guitar starts with a theme from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, by way of parody. My favourite line : It looks bad.. but don't be fooled... it is bad. Topics: ewart, solomons, mozart, parody, bad, alto, recorder, guitar, fooled, nachtmusik
Song for alto and classical guitar composed and performed by David W Solomons based on a poem by Paul Verlaine and an English translation by S N Solomons. See each of the pdf files for the two language versions and the ogg or mp3 file for my performance. The guitar part is fairly simple and makes good use of stopped and open strings on the same note and adjacent notes for its sonorous effects. Topics: verlaine, solomons, ennui, tedium, relentless, classical guitar, alto voice, original music,...